One race that runs twice around the clock. A marathon for both drivers and cars. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the toughest and most high-profile sports-car race in the world. With 16 overall victories, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer. Following a break of 16 years, Porsche is now returning to the prototype category on June 14, 2014. This motorsports theme runs through all articles of this edition: Christophorus no. 366 is a racing magazine.
24 hours is 86,400 seconds. But it’s much more than that. Above all, it’s an infinite number of moments. Little episodes. Big successes. The whole range of human emotions coalesces in the fascination that surrounds Le Mans, year after year. Told by those who have experienced it again and again over the years.
What looks like a colossal video game—Porsche Motorsports’ driving simulator at the Weissach Research and Development Center—provides crucial knowledge about the 919 Hybrid. It’s the race before the race.
The numerical progression in their names is not a coincidence—the 918 Spyder and the 919 Hybrid have a lot in common. The high-end road-going sports car heads out onto the terrain of the LMP1 racing car for a foretaste of the 24-hour race in Le Mans with factory driver Marc Lieb.